US broadcaster will air Sky buddy cop drama as part of 2019 schedule
US broadcaster The CW has acquired Sky action drama Bulletproof for its summer 2019 schedule.
The deal with Sky Vision to send the Vertigo Films and Company Pictures-co-produced series to the States marks one of the rare times a UK scripted show has sold directly to a Big Five US broadcaster.
Bulletproof stars Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke as two street-smart undercover cops who fight hardened criminals in east London.
In June, Sky ordered a second series of the show following good ratings for the first, especially in the ABC1 adults category, where its average 2% doubled the slot’s usual number. Overall, it took a consolidated 282,000 through its six-week run.
Meanwhile, All3Media International has sold ITV’s John Simm-starring drama Strangers, to Virgin Media Television in Ireland, Sky Network in New Zealand Fox Asia for its pan-Asian linear feed and on-demand service Fox+.
Internationally, the ITV and Amazon US drama is sold as White Dragon.
“We embrace every opportunity to find, create and share boldly dramatic content with our entertainment-hungry viewers in Asia,” said Fox Networks Group Asia’s executive vice-president of content and communications Keertan Adyanthaya.
“White Dragon is a fantastic example of the meteoric rise of East-meets-West storytelling, and we will continue to work with best-in-market players like All3Media International to bring audiences the most diverse and compelling stories.”
Monday’s fifth episode of the eight-part series averaged 3.8m/21% on ITV, according to overnights.tv